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Fake, Drug-Test-Foiling Dicks Are a Growing Business March 24 2016

http://www.vice.com/read/fake-drug-test-foiling-dicks-are-a-growing-business-in-queensland

"Miners in Queensland are using prosthetic penises and synthetic urine to beat drug tests. The trend comes as mines are moving away from saliva testing in favor of urine, following research by the Australian Mine and Metals Association proved urine was more reliable.

Individuals need to be clean for 72 hours to give a drug free urine sample. Unless you have a fake dick and pee, then you can do whatever you want.

The prosthetic penises gaining popularity in the area contain a reservoir that can hold at least 60 ml of synthetic urine. The reservoir is a squeeze bottle with a syringe at the end of it, all of which is covered by a prosthetic dick. This is then strapped onto a man's back and heat pads are used to keep the urine at body temperature.

A selection of prosthetic penises.

In a video by Huffington Post, Richard Cusick, Associate Publisher of High Times Magazine, estimates the "drug test solutions (beat the test)" industry to be worth 10 percent of the $6 billion drug testing industry. This is making drug testing on mining sites even more complex. Products used to beat the compulsory tests can be purchased online for as little as $35 for a starter dick, and up to $320 for a sophisticated kit made up of strap on penises, heat pads, sachets of fake urine, and additives to make the pH levels and color look like real urine.

  • The main players in this business are the Whizzinator, Sweet Pee, and Monkey Dong. Online supplier, Jay, from the website passmydrugtest.com.au, told VICE he has noticed a steady increase in sales over the past 12 months. He puts this down to the legalization of cannabis in regions around the world.

A synthetic-urine pouch

Despite improvements in testing, Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DLS) reported an increase in synthetic urine usage in 2015. Scientific Director of Toxicology, Carl Linden from the DLS said, "We were a little bit amazed to see the increased level of synthetic urine usage as it reduced substantially last few years after we found a method to identify it in 2010." Linden puts the increase down to improvements in undetectable formulas in new products.

The undetectable formula is believed to be synthetic creatinine that works in the same way organic creatinine does. Creatinine is a protein and by-product of muscle tissue breakdown found in pee. Tony Graham from the Australian Workplace Drug Testing Services told VICE, "In the good old days we could do a test on it and determine there was no creatinine in it."

The penises are available in a range of colors.

Following the recent reports of synthetic urine usage, Tony has had to increase his seminars aimed at educating workers and construction bosses about drug testing and cheating from one a year to 20.

Senior Gold Coast police officer Superintendent Jim Keogh said the synthetic urine market was booming and authorities are finding it difficult to crackdown due to the legitimacy of buying and selling fake urine. Given its legal status, the parameters of restricting it are complicated for authorities. "In reality, all they're doing is making a chemical compound in liquid form and selling it. They're not indicating what the purpose of the purchase is, at the time of selling it, it's certainly not a dangerous drug," Superintendent Keogh said.

Tony explained that he doesn't try and catch people, which will inevitably get them sacked. Instead, he tries to offer education on safety. "It does matter if they are high of legal drugs or not, we just want people to be safe when they are operating machinery."


How to Beat/Cheat a Drug Test June 13 2015

New Content available 

How to Beat/Cheat a Drug Test

http://passmydrugtest.com.au/pages/how-to-beat-cheat-a-drug-test

 


Second mine site raided in drug crackdown December 06 2014

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/25664778/police-search-fmg-workers-for-drugs/

A sniffer dog checks luggage at Christmas Creek yesterday. Picture: WA Police
A sniffer dog checks luggage at Christmas Creek yesterday. Picture: WA Police

 

 

Cloudbreak, owned by the Fortescue Metals Group, is being searched a day after police raided the Christmas Creek mine, which resulted in one man being summonsed for possessing drugs without a prescription.

Commander Murray Smalpage says it’s the start of an ongoing operation targeting drug use across WA.

“We don’t want drugs anywhere in Western Australia because of the destructive nature they have on families and their contribution towards greater crime issues,” he told ABC radio.

An ex-mine worker also told ABC radio that very few people brought drugs onto sites, but did use illicit substances like amphetamines on their time off because it couldn’t be detected after a short period of time.

“These people are usually coming down when they’re back on site,” he said in a statement read to listeners.

“(These people) are very easy to pick on site. They are very skittish and they have very bad tempers.”

A sniffer dog checks workers at Christmas Creek yesterday. Picture: WA Police

Yesterday about 300 FMG employees and contractors were searched as they arrived at the company’s site airport in the Pilbara, with a drug sniffer dog searching their luggage as part of the operation.

There were no arrests but one contractor was issued a summons for possessing drugs without a prescription and another is awaiting further lab tests after returning a “non-negative” result.

Last month, a Port Hedland-based FMG executive admitted there was a “drug problem” at the company’s worksites just weeks after methamphetamine and $25,000 cash were allegedly found in a company-owned workers’ village.

Fortescue chief executive Nev Power said the random searches took place with the company’s co-operation.

“Today leaders from Fortescue escorted a police team, including sniffer dogs, as they conducted random drug searches on inbound flights carrying employees and contractors to our Christmas Creek mine,” Mr Power said.

“Illegal drugs do not belong in the mining industry, just as they do not belong in the community, and anyone who uses illegal drugs on a Fortescue site is putting the safety of themselves and their mates at risk, which is unacceptable.”

Mr Power told ABC Radio this morning that any employee or contractor found with drugs would be “taken off site immediately”.

"We have worked with WA Police to have police with sniffer dogs meet our planes at Christmas Creek and will continue that process through the rest of our mine sites," Mr Power told ABC radio.

"WA Police will do the same at other sites in the Pilbara.

"There is a growing and significant incidents of drugs use in our society and some of that flows to our mine sites and endangers the safety of workers and individuals.

"We are working with WA Police to prevent access so we have a significant deterrence for people wanting to bring drugs on site.

"It is a growing issue and we are getting intelligence about attempts to infiltrate drugs into our mine sites.

Mr Power said that for too long the industry had "turned a blind eye" to drug problems.

"It's time we as an industry and society stood up against drugs," he said.

"There is no room for it on our sites."

A worker based at Christmas Creek told The West Australian the sniffer dog’s presence had not rattled staff.

“No one is freaking out but we’ve heard about the drugs in Hedland and news of the operation spread like wildfire,” he said.

Commander Murray Smalpage said the mining industry and community at large could expect to see similar police actions in the near future.

Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA chief executive Reg Howard-Smith welcomed the police response in tackling the “scourge of drugs” and was pleased resources companies were offering cooperation and support.

“Illicit drug is a serious issue, not just due to the significant community impact, but with regards to the resources sector the use of illicit substances and alcohol are critical safety issues,” said Mr Howard-Smith.

“There is no greater priority for the resources sector than the health and safety of employees.
“Everyone has a right to go home safely at the end of the day.”

Mr Howard-Smith said the nature of resource sector operations, with complex equipment and remote locations, means the broader sector had a zero-tolerance policy when it came to being found under the influence of illicit substances.

“If you are impaired by one of these substances while at work you could be putting yourself and your colleagues at serious risk of injury or death,” he said.

“No one wants to work next to someone who is impaired by illicit substances.”

A Rio Tinto spokesman said the company supported police in targeting prohibited drugs in the Pilbara.

 


NSW closer to legalising medical marijuana September 20 2014


New South Wales (NSW) is one step closer to legalising medical marijuana after the state government committed to clinical trials.

It is a huge relief for seriously ill patients, who will be able to use cannabis without fear of being charged.

Dan Haslam's body is riddled with cancer, and regular bouts of chemotherapy leave him weak and nauseous. He has tried every prescription medication available, but nothing treats the pain like cannabis does.

"I don't lose weight, I don't spend days in hospital and it's changed my life," he says.

His mother, a former nurse, and his dad, an ex-drug squad detective, say they are forced to live like criminals to provide their son some comfort.

Cancer sufferer Lucy Haslam says there is something wrong when police are reluctant to enforce a law.

"The people aren't wrong – the law is wrong."

NSW Premier Mike Baird has given the go-ahead for clinical trials, the first step to legalising medical marijuana.

"Why not take a stance, to say to the rest of the country 'this matters'? It's time we did something about it."

The Haslams collected a petition with almost 200,000 signatures, including from the medical community.

"We've won the first step; it's been a long battle," says Ms Haslam.

"Having it in this framework we have access, controlled access, but also supervised access is critical," says the Australia Medical Association's Dr Saxon Smith.

Just last month Tony Bower was sentenced to 12 months' jail for cultivating and supplying marijuana. His cannabis elixir was used by 200 families to help their sick children.

A working group is being set up to work out how to distribute marijuana legally and safely to those who actually need it.

The state of Victoria is likely to follow suit and pass a similar trial next week.


Union successful in fight to ban urine drug tests May 18 2014

http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/union-successful-in-fight-to-ban-urine-drug-tests

Testing the urine of workers in order to detect drug and alcohol use has been banned by the Fair Work Commission which found employees at Endeavour Energy are to be tested using saliva swabs instead.

Last week the Fair Work Commission refused Endeavour Energy's bid to urine test its 2635 employees.

The commission labelled the use of urine tests “unjust and unreasonable” in a case which could have wider implications for a range of industries, including mining.

Endeavour Energy launched the latest legal action in October last year, with the matter heard in the Fair Work Commission in December. The company was attempting to vary the original decision, which required the use of oral testing, with urine based testing.

The Electrical Trades Union said the decision confirmed two previous court rulings that found the use of urine test was unfair because it could detect drug use from days earlier, rather than more recent use that could lead to impairment at work.

ETU NSW deputy secretary Neville Betts said the decision highlighted that the role of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace should be about identifying potential impairment, rather than disciplining staff for private actions taken in their own time.

“While oral testing accurately identifies recent drug use, where an individual may be impaired in their abilities, urine tests unfairly monitor workers’ private lives by potentially showing a positive result even where a substance may have been used many days prior, in a private capacity,” Betts said.

“This is the third time the courts have ruled in favour of the ETU on this issue, despite Endeavour Energy spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to force urine testing on their staff.

“This most recent decision absolutely cements this legal precent that has wide-ranging ramifications not only for the electricity sector, but for every industry that carries out drug and alcohol testing, in particular mining, aviation, transport and emergency services.

“In recent years drug testing of employees has become increasingly common, both in the public sector and private enterprise, which is why making sure the practice is done as fairly as possible is so important.

Endeavour Energy's chief executive Vince Graham said the ruling contradicted a 2011 decision by which found in favour of a coalmining employer's right to conduct urine testing, Newcastle Herald reported.

In that case, the commission found urine testing was more accurate.

"Mine workers and electricity workers both work in potentially dangerous conditions and yet different drug testing methods have been ordered by the [Fair Work Commission]," Graham said.

 


Union puts Rio, BHP and Woodside on notice about urine drug tests May 18 2014

Originally posted at: http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/union-puts-rio-bhp-and-woodside-on-notice-about-ur

Accessed 18/05/2014

 

 

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has put major mining companies on notice as it fights against the use of urine tests for the detection of drugs and alcohol.

The AMWU says it is planning court challenges against miners who use urine tests to detect substances such as cannabis, cocaine, and heroin in their workers.

It claims the method is too intrusive and says urine tests are unfair because it can detect drug use from days earlier, rather than more recent use that could lead to impairment at work.

AMWU secretary Steve McCartney said union members preferred saliva testing, The West Australian reported.

"We will be taking them all on because we owe it to our membership," he said.

"You can tell Rio Tinto, Woodside and BHP (Billiton) that they can be expecting to hear from us."

The move comes after a recent ruling by the Fair Work Commission banned the use of urine tests for the detection of drugs and alcohol for workers at the NSW Government-owned electricity network company Endeavour Energy.

The commission labelled the use of urine tests “unjust and unreasonable” and ordered the company to conduct testing for substances via saliva instead.

It is believed the AMWU will use the precedent of this case in its fight.

However the Association of Mines and Metals executive director of policy, Scott Barklamb, fears a move to saliva testing could undermine safety on mine sites.

Barklamb said the Fair Work Commission should not have the right to take decisions about drug testing away from management.

"AMMA strongly believes that the only suitable people to be making decisions about which drug and alcohol testing method is best suited to maintaining a safe workplace are the people directly involved in running those workplaces," he said.

"It is not the expertise or role of an employment tribunal, or an employer association, or a union boss to make critically important operational decisions regarding the safety of someone else's employees."

An opinion piece about the role of drug testing on mine sites was met with mixed reactions by Australian Mining readers.

Some say urine testing is unfair because it can detect small amounts of substances that are no longer having an effect on the user.

“I would be pissed off if they could sack me for being drunk 3 days ago,” one reader said.

“I don't really care about what people do in their own time. If they're not affected when they turn up to work, that's all that matters to me. I don't condone drug use or excessive alcohol consumption, but I also don't think that your employer should have a say in your activities outside of work,” another stated.

However others were not so forgiving, stating that even a small amount of residual drugs in a person’s system had the potential to cause impairments at work.

“Do what you want on your time, but drugs last in your system for a reason, and the impairment can last a while.” One Facebook commentator said.

“Instant dismissal no verbal warning no written warnings on ya bike my livelihood & safety far outweighs some drugged up lunatic,” another argued.

 


Workplace drug testing tipped to increase despite misgivings April 21 2014

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/data-point/workplace-drug-testing-tipped-to-increase-despite-misgivings-20140413-36lk0.html

 

Workplace drug testing is likely to become increasingly common as employers attempt to cut ''presenteeism'' and ensure safety, one of Australia's leading workplace drug experts says.

But unions say the tests, which are backed by little evidence proving they lead to safer workplaces, are an unfair invasion of privacy, particularly when they come in the form of a urine test.

The Global Drug Survey, a survey of nearly 5850 Australian drug and alcohol users conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, has found one in eight people had been asked by their employer to take a drug test.

But it also showed workplaces could be right to worry. More than a third of full-time workers surveyed said they had taken drugs or alcohol within two hours of starting work, and some had even begun to use newly invented psychoactive drugs in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the testers.

Ken Pidd, the deputy director, research, at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction in Adelaide, said the tests were a growing trend.

"Obviously the biggest threat from workplace drug use is safety, if people are intoxicated at work, but there is a much larger picture around absenteeism, or even presenteeism, related to use outside the workplace," he said.

He recently conducted a review of the evidence in favour of the tests, and found outside of a few circumstances, such as mandatory alcohol testing for US truck drivers, there was little proof they improved safety. "It is a particular issue for urine testing, which doesn't actually detect impairment, just prior use," he said.

Dr Pidd said studies had found the overall rate of use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace in Australia was relatively low, although in some industries such as hospitality and finance rates were far higher.

"Workplace drug use tends to be in line with drug use in the broader population,'' he said.

"There are some types of drugs that are increasing, such as prescription drugs, so they are likely to be increasing in the workplace as well.''

He said prescription drugs posed a particular problem for people returning to work from injury, as they could exacerbate problems by doing more damage with dulled pain sensations. Dr Pidd expected workplace drug testing to increase, but said other, less expensive techniques such as the provision of information or counselling could in some cases be more effective.

Alex Claassens, NSW secretary of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, said workers were still being subjected to "invasive and unhygienic" urine drug testing.

''Mouth swab testing is safe, sure, instant and conforms with the National Rail Safety legislation and should replace the outdated practice of urine testing for NSW transport workers," he said.

 

Peyote was amazing, says lawyer 

Miles Hunt is a partner in an inner-city law firm, but he won’t let that stop him admitting he also uses drugs.

‘‘I’ve used many drugs — most,’’ he says.

‘‘Tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine, hallucinogens, peyote ...  peyote was amazing.’’

The drug law reform advocate is happy to admit his continuing drug use because he believes the silence around drugs is only causing harm in society.

‘‘I believe drugs should be taken responsibly,’’ he says. ‘‘They’re dangerous, but people can have good experiences and prohibition doesn’t allow us to talk about it. People do many things that are dangerous. Driving is dangerous, eating fast foods is dangerous, but the best way to deal with that is to openly discuss it.’’

Mr Hunt, 32, says in his work he often saw young people whose lives had been changed, even ruined, after they had been caught with small quantities of drugs, but he had never been caught.

‘‘I think some people are more likely to be searched or pulled over by police, which is a real discrimination problem.

‘‘You don’t see bankers being pulled over and searched for cocaine,’’ he says.


Maryland One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana April 12 2014

Source: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Md-House-to-Vote-on-Marijuana-Decriminalization-Bill-254039131.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_DCBrandX

 

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The House voted 78-55 on Saturday for the bill. It would eliminate criminal charges for possessing less than 10 grams.

The Senate has already approved a similar measure, but changes made by the House will require Senate approval to pass the bill before the legislative session ends midnight Monday.

The Senate had proposed a $100 penalty for every offense. The House bill raises the penalties to $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense.

Nina Smith, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, says the Democratic governor will review the bill if it passes the General Assembly.

O'Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, has expressed wariness about decriminalizing marijuana in the past.


How can I pass a drug test for Weed/Marijuana? March 16 2014

 

Unfortunately for many, the consequences of small actions can cause dire repercussions. Smoking just once can render your urine positive for THC cannabinoids for up to 7 days depending on your metabolism. Play around with our THC Calculator for a better idea of detection times depending on frequency of use and metabolism.

A positive drug test at your workplace can: cause your to lose your job, be issued a formal warning, be sent home without pay until you can prove you are clean, and is generally an awkward situation which most people want to try an avoid. So can you pass a drug test for marijuana? Depending on the situation… Yes it is possible.

Situation 1: You know you will be tested

Situation 2: Random Drug test

In Situation 1, you know you have a drug test coming up. The best thing you can do is to abstain from ingesting any THC products from the date you become aware you have a test. Depending on how long you have been smoking, THC can be detected over the AS4308 cut off levels of 50ng/ml for up to 2 months. On average the Chronic smoker will be clean after 3 weeks but this time length greatly deviates depending on the individual.

Why abstain? Because the staff at Pass My Drug Test care for your future and not our sales results. More than likely, a pre-planned drug test is usually for a new job pre-medical. There is nothing more stressful than wondering if you passed your drug test. Not having to worry about planning for your drug test will allow you to focus your energy on getting that job.

What do I do if I didn’t abstain or if my test is within the detectable period? Don’t worry, use our THC Calculator to help you choose the appropriate product.

There are a few products which should come up.

  1. Monkey Dong Package with Synthetic Urine / Synthetic urine only if female
  2. Cleansing programs (Varied lengths)
  3. Ultra Mask + Stat! Flush Package
  4. Ultra Mask

The Monkey Dong package is fairly self-explanatory, this would be suggested if you are required to pass the test with high toxicity (THC Cannabinoids). The Monkey Dong Package includes a fake Penis (if you are male) and Synthetic Urine.

The Cleansing programs have been written and designed by the staff at Pass My Drug Test after years of research. These programs include daily supplements and also dietary and exercise tips which will help your body naturally detox the detectable toxins out. The programs also include products to further aid in passing your drug test for the day. The intent of the program is to reduce the toxin concentration over the course of the program so that on the day of the test, your urine should be close to passing (if not already clear). Consuming the test day products will further increase probability of a negative result (passing your drug test).

The Ultra Mask (Also labelled B-Clear) and Stat! Flush are intended to be used for mild toxic levels. For high toxic levels we would always recommend finishing one of our programs prior to use or simply using the Monkey Dong and Synthetic Urine package. This product helps you pass your drug test by a simple dilution method. By consuming this product and following the instructions, effectively you are hydrating your body so that when you need to urinate at the test, your urine sample has become diluted such that your toxin levels actually show less than the actual toxin levels should be.

Can I just drink water before my test and pass instead of using these products? Yes you can, however most tests also test for adulterants. Most commonly colour and specific gravity. By urinating a completely clear liquid and having a very low SG in your sample, questions will more than likely arise. It is entirely possible to consume the right amount of vitamin B, sugars and salts however it’s typically more reliable to use these formulated products (Ultra Mask and Stat! Flush) over anecdotal mixing ratios.

 

For Situation 2: Random Drug test: You need to evaluate whether smoking marijuana while having a job with RDT (Random Drug Test) is a good idea. If quitting is not an option (marijuana or the job) then this is a difficult situation as you need to prepare with most products prior to your test.

Synthetic Urine is your best bet, as with the short notice of a random drug test you can’t really drink an Ultra Mask in the middle of your workplace. The only thing you need to ensure is that your Synthetic Urine is at or around 37 Degrees Celsius. Portable hand warmers may be a solution however will end being costly over time. Investing in an electric baby food and milk warmer could potentially be a solution for keeping urine around a certain temperature, but it depends on your current workspace and how many questions will be asked about your personal baby food and milk warmer… and no baby.

In summary it’s always best to abstain from any drugs prior to a drug test, but as life is not always perfect there are always options.

 


Pharmaceutical drugs which can cause false positives in a drug test February 15 2014

This will be handy for those on prescribed drugs.

 

Amphetamine and methamphetamine Amantadine
  Brompheniramine
  Bupropion
  Chlorpromazine
  Desipramine
  Desoxyephedrine
  Ephedrine
  Fluoxetine
  Isometheptene
  Isoxsuprine
  Labetalol
  Phentermine
  Phenylephrine
  Phenylpropanolamine
  Promethazine
  Pseudoephedrine
  Ranitidine
  Selegiline
  Thioridazine
  Trazodone
  Trimethobenzamide
  Trimipramine
  Vicks inhalerb
Barbiturates Ibuprofen
  Naproxen
Benzodiazepines Oxaprozin
  Sertraline
Cannabinoids Dronabinol
  Efavirenz
  Hemp-containing foods
  Ibuprofen
  Ketoprofen
  Naproxen
  Piroxicam
  Promethazine
  Proton pump inhibitorsc
  Sulindac
  Tolmetin
   
Cocaine Amoxicillin
  Coca leaf teas
  Tonic water
Methadone Chlorpromazine
  Clomipramine
  Diphenhydramine
  Doxylamine
  Ibuprofen
  Quetiapine
  Thioridazine
  Verapamil
Opiates Dextromethorphan
  Diphenhydramine
  Fluoroquinolonesa
  Poppy seeds and oil
  Rifampin
  Quinine
Phencyclidine Dextroamphetamine
  Dextromethorphan
  Diphenhydramine
  Doxylamine
  Ibuprofen
  Imipramine
  Ketamine
  Meperidine
  Thioridazine
  Tramadol
  Venlafaxine
Tricyclic antidepressants Carbamazepine
  Cyclobenzaprine
  Cyproheptadine
  Diphenhydramine
  Hydroxyzine
  Quetiapine
Lyseric acid diethylamine (LSD) Amitriptyline
  Dicyclomine
  Ergotamine
  Promethazine
  Sumatriptan

a Ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, and ofloxacin.

b Vicks inhaler due to l-methamphetamine content interfered with older immunoassays; interference has not been seen with new enzyme multiplied immunoassay tests (EMIT).

c Pantoprazole.

 

 

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What are the Australian cut-off levels for drug tests and what do they mean to me? January 15 2014

Class of Drug

Cut-off Level µg/L (urine)

Opiates

Amphetamine type substances

Cannabis metabolites

Cocaine metabolites

Benzodiazepines

300

300

50

300

200

 

Nice numbers, but what do they mean?

Firstly, the µg/L sign symbolizes micrograms/litre. Drug testing normally involves establishing the concentration of a drug above a certain level rather than just finding the presence of the drug. Interestingly, not many people are aware of this! A “cut-off” is the concentration of a drug at or above which is deemed positive by a laboratory analysis for that drug. Cut-offs are set for laboratory standardisation purposes, the detection period and to exclude defences based upon passive inhalation.

Determining your likely toxicity level is by no means an exact science. People often fall into the trap of just looking at a detection period table and expecting that the time period stated in the table will apply to them. Everybody is different — your situation will differ from others. The time taken to clear naturally from toxins will varely greatly dependent upon the length of exposure to toxins, body fat ratio, general health, lifestyle, strength of toxin, route of administration and many other decisive factors. PassMyDrugTest.com.au have made things as easy as possible for you with an inbuilt calculator to give you an idea of how likely you are to be above, at or below the Australia cut-off levels for drug tests

Drug testing Cut-off levels can be different between Organisations

Some organisations reserve the right to adopt different cut-off levels for various drug classes. This means that anybody purchasing a home test kit should check the relevant cut-off level that might apply before selecting a particular test. Naturally it can be a waste of time and money relying upon a test kit if it uses a different cut-off level to what is actually applied in a policy. In saying that, we have yet to find a reported case in Australia that does not follow the cut-off levels as provided for in the Standards.

Interesting fact

The cut-off levels are not exactly the same between countries, for example the opiate cut-off level for urine testing in the United States is 2000ng/ml whereas the cut-off level in Australia for the same drug is 300ng/ml. This is a fairly dramatic difference (US is 666% higher than Australia).

If you’re interested to know more you can read the Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS 4308:2008). You will most likely be required to pay a fee for a copy of this document. Remember, you can always use the contact us if you have any questions.


How long will it take to naturally clear from toxins? - Drug Detection Times January 15 2014

Usually people apply various methods for Drug Detection Times for the specific identification of drugs through urine and saliva testing. Consumed drug substances often stay in your system for a significant period of time, even after you have stopped using. Lab technicians know how to trace Drug Detection Time considering various factors as important as:

  • Drug frequency
  • Body mass
  • Metabolic rate
  • Quality of drug
  • Health, age & sex

Drug Detection Time varies from drug to drug because of its quality and consumed quantity. For example; Drug Detection Times for these drugs are:

  • 2-4 days for opiate, heroin, codeine and morphine
  • 3-5 days for Methamphetamine
  • 7-14 days for PCP (sing abuse)
  • 30 days duration for chronic PCP abuse

Tracing duration of THC is roundabout 2-7 days but it is only for the single consumption of this drug. Sensitivity of drugs also contributes for the exact detection of drug abusing duration.

If you are conscious of your drug screening results and are unsure of detection times, there is always the option of removing drug substances by using guaranteed Drug Detox Products. These products ensure complete detox simultaneously boosting up your confidence for upcoming drug screening tests. Everyone can perform urine drug screening test at home after consuming Drug Detox Products to be sure of the results. Ensure to visit our shop to see our entire range.

Passing drug tests is a regular stress in many peoples day to day lives; especially those working in the mining and other industries where tests are commonplace. Often employees feel their ability to complete their duties is not effected by having a good time in their time away from work. Your time is, after all, your time.

There are a number of detox programs you may rely on in order to pass drugs tests and ensure the financial wellbeing of yourself and your dependents. Not sure what you need ? Feel free to use our calculator to determine your own personal circumstances. Otherwise, browse our shopfront to see what’s out there! Pass My Drug Test has scoured the earth to bring you the very best in detox products.